Do you agree with hotel booking cancellation policies?

@ronaldinu (12440)
Malta
November 19, 2008 9:07am CST
Do you agree with hotel booking cancellation policies? Various hotels and guesthouses have various booking cancellation policies. For some hotels you have to cancel your booking a fortnight before or you will be charged. Others require a few days cancellation notice before. What are the policies in your area? © ronaldinu 2008
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
20 Nov 08
We have a Ramada Inn that is that way but the others are small and don't give much hassle about cancellations. Well, they do need to know if rooms will be available at all times if they don't then they lose business, So yeah I agree somewhat. But then life isn't always predictable either so unless it is a emergency then they should have to pay a fee.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
20 Nov 08
Yup, i do agree with the hotel policies.. BEcause though we need a place to stay but the hotel needs it room for business too.. ANd that, what the hotels are doign is actually right.. For, if we are not happy with it, we wont be staying there again.. BUt for hotels, they dun care less, after all they only lose one guest, but they will still earn from the others whom wanna stay in the hotel.. It's also good in a way, to teach those fickle minded and choosy ple, whom like to fuss around, and thinks that they have every right to do that, at the expense of everybody.. lol
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
20 Nov 08
I really don't know I do hotels, motels, and Holiday Inns. It has been a long time since I stayed in a hotel.
@littleowl (7157)
20 Nov 08
In my area there is one hotel that take your credit card details and if you cancel you lose your money as they still take it out...yet there is another one who just expects 24hrs notice for cancellation and you dont get chatged..the hotels that charge and take your money anyway I feel are totally out of order they should change their policies...littleowl
@sunshine4 (8708)
• United States
19 Nov 08
I don't mind the cancelation policies as long as you have at least 24 hours to cancel. I don't like the ones that attach a $25 fee and it is nonrefundable whether you go to that hotel or not. Most of the hotels I go to have a 24 hour cancelation policy. I think that you should know the day before if you aren't going to be staying at the hotel, so it seems fair to me.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
19 Nov 08
I think that two days is a good time to accept a cancellation without a charge. I have seen people make reservations in more than one, because they were not sure of exact plans and cancel last minute, leaving the hotel hanging with an empty room that they could have rented to someone else.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
19 Nov 08
i really don't know. don't have to go to a hotel i have a house. lol
19 Nov 08
Hi ronaldinu, I have no idea as I have never stayed in an hotel here near me. Tamara
@walijo2008 (4647)
• United States
19 Nov 08
I think around here, you have to give at least two days notice, or they will charge you if you don't, or if you don't cancel on the day your supposed to be there, they will charge you for the day. I don't like it either, and I don't think they should do that, but we don't make the policies so theres not much we can do about it.
@winterose (39916)
• Canada
19 Nov 08
I agree with them, you book a room and then they cannot rent to anyone else then you just don't show up, they lost that money and they cannot get it back now. Hotels can be over a 200 hundred dollars and night and in my area there is nothing under 100 dollars a night that is the cheapest. So if you just don't show up and other people do the same they can lose enough to go out of business.
• United States
19 Nov 08
i use hostelworld and then is a 24 hour cancellation policy, sometimes when i cant make it i cant call and they dont charge but recently i was supposed to be in Amsterdam for 3 nights and i couldnt make it and got charged without knowing it, sucked.